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Ruthless customisation to dominate fashion in 2018

dodano: 21 grudnia 2017 przez ashleys


You wouldn’t think so, given the rate at which fashion shows come around these days, but the lifespan of a trend is increasing. From Raf Simons’ meticulous retooling of jackets and single-breasted coats at Calvin Klein to Burberry’s myriad interpretations of the trench coat, from Mulberry’s ever-evolving Bayswater bag to Alessandro Michele’s endlessly inventive reworking of ruffles and that backless Gucci loafer, designers are zeroing in on signature pieces and making them their own.

In the process – and for as long as their brand remains an influential voice in the global conversation – they breathe longevity into trends that might previously have dissipated after years in the cycle. In other words: finding the best examples is worth the effort and the outlay.

Talking of trenches, they’re as relevant and reactionary as ever. Fringed (Loewe), looped up at the hem (Céline), voluminously sleeved (Palmer Harding) dissected into scarlet panels and checks (Burberry), golden (Ralph & Russo), glazed with a top layer of clear plastic (Prada and Chanel) or refashioned from dead-stock brocades and gabardine at Alexander McQueen, the trench has transcended its category to become a dress, part of a suit, or dramatic eveningwear.

Meanwhile, The Spring Boot is now a fixture. It is everywhere, but most notably at Céline – where it’s white and either tightly laced up the shin like an ice-skater’s boot or ruched and puffed like a paper bag – and at Balenciaga, where it remains stretchy and patterned, this time with dollar bills, euros and sterling.

Boots aren’t the only footnote. Pimped-up, luxury trainers that you can definitely wear to the office or to a party go head to head with the dinkiest kitten heels (Prada, Tabitha Simmons, Dior, Manolo Blahnik). And the stiletto is also mounting a comeback, worn at Isabel Marant and Saint Laurent with a resurgent micro-mini.

Yes, the micro-mini is back. But if that’s alarming, be reassured that midis and maxis will still be the dominant length. Fluid and floaty, 2018’s silhouette is overwhelmingly soft and flattering – loosely fitted rather than exaggeratedly oversized. But functional utilitarianism is still hugely relevant, and far more flattering on many women than fussy details and frills. Florals may be ubiquitous, but stripes and polka dots are there if you look.

Dresses are one way to channel all this and there are many options. At Erdem and Alexander McQueen, to name just two stand-outs, the dazzling evening dress is back in a blaze of British glory. Think first season of The Crown at Erdem, and heroines of the English garden at McQueen.

Bias-cut wisps, designed for layering; ruffled and Victorian-inspired; slinky, breezy, sporty, knitted, tunic-y and beachy, the easy, romantic dress is a versatile piece once you master how to wear it with jumpers, blazers, kimono coats or even trousers.

The last four items now count as staples for the everywoman, so it’s worth investing and focusing only on the silhouettes and shapes that work for you. Trousers will come in all the options, from skinny to palazzo and cropped to extra long (that’s more of a catwalk statement than a sensible real-life decision). The commonality is that waists keep on rising – all the better for leg lengthening. If you’re wearing them up past your navel though, you’ll need to think carefully about tops; they should tuck in sleekly or be short enough to sit just past the top of your hips.

The key to being stylish as well as fashionable is to ruthlessly edit choices, then customise them. Get them altered so they fit perfectly. Identify colours that suit you. There’s something there for all of us – from whites and punchy pastel mixes to combinations that ought to repel (baby pink and yellow at Céline, clementine and fuchsia at Roksanda) but turn out to be irresistible.Read more at:formal dresses | prom dresses




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